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Vilseck moving up standings as season end nears

By STARS AND STRIPES Published: February 3, 2018

The DODEA-Europe Division I girls basketball scene gets more interesting by the week.

The Vilseck Falcons continued their surge up the large-school standings over the weekend with a convincing sweep of visiting Division I opponent Wiesbaden. Vilseck won 27-18 on Friday and 38-18 on Saturday to pull its divisional record to an even .500.

Tynniesia Wilson had 14 points and 11 rebounds in Friday’s opener, while Tedeja Marshall totaled 22 points, nine rebounds and six blocks to complete the sweep Saturday. The Falcon defense held the Warriors to seven or fewer points in all eight quarters played on the weekend.

The impressive sweep comes a week after Vilseck played 2017 runner-up Ramstein to a doubleheader sweep. The Falcons also own a doubleheader split with Kaiserslautern, another Division I hopeful, dating back to the season’s first weekend.

Vilseck can further its momentum by taking down an established champ or two over the balance of the regular season. The Falcons take on Division II champion Black Forest Academy next weekend, then get their shot at reigning Division I champion Stuttgart on the final weekend of the regular season, Feb. 16-17.

Naples 64/61, Sigonella 24/30: At Sigonella, Division I’s undefeated frontrunner demonstrated its dominance at the expense of the defending Division III champions.

The Wildcats set the tone for the weekend immediately, outscoring the Jaguars 19-0 in the first quarter. Roxanne Sasse led all scorers with 17 points and Eryka Hairston produced a 14-point, 12 rebound double-double to pace Naples.

A 27-0 second quarter put Saturday’s rematch similarly out of Sigonella’s reach. Three Wildcats reached double digits in points.

Averi Chandler scored a combined 24 points for the Jaguars.

Stuttgart 49/46, Hohenfels 16/23: At Stuttgart, the defending Division I champions smacked around the Division III Tigers.

Adan Maher totaled 10 points, five rebounds and five steals on Friday, while Allyson Taylor posted a game-high 16 points along with four rebounds and a pair of steals on Saturday.

Baumholder 18, Alconbury 12: Saturday at Alconbury, the Bucs picked up their second win of the season a day after earning their first.

Baumholder doubled its win total with an effective encore following Friday’s 27-23 defeat of the Dragons.

The doubleheader was the final chance for the Bucs to earn some divisional wins before the tournament. Baumholder’s remaining schedule includes Division II opponents AFNORTH and Spangdahlem.

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